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Gators Win Season Opener at Fighting Irish Classic


The Florida men’s golf team finished 21-under with three gators in the top 10.

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – After winning their first match in the Fighting Irish Classic on Monday, the Florida men’s golf team couldn’t have been better off to start the season.

Starting the day two strokes ahead at Warren Golf Course, the Gators beat Georgia Southern (-20), North Carolina (-19) and hosts Notre Dame (-16) 21-under-par. The team’s score ranks fourth-lowest in terms of score and 14th in terms of pars in the program’s history.

The win was also the 16th win under the head coach JC Deacon 6 times in the last 3 seasons.

Three gaiters in the lineup ranked in the top 10, Quentin Debove on the T5. He went on to set career bests in rounds (65), tournament scores (203), and finishes. Junior held the medalists lead at one point as he was tied for fourth in the field with 13 birdies.

both Fred Biondi When John Dubois We just finished our first drop test on the T9 outing. The duo shot no round-over-par as Biondi finished each round low. Yushin Lin finished in the tournament’s best round of 67 (-3), jumping 22 spots in T17. Ricky Castillo The T48 rounded out the lineup.

Tyler Wilkes (T13) and Matthew Kress (T26) finished 1st and 2nd among the individuals in competition. Wilkes sank two eagles and he scored 4-under overall, so the round he did not own his par over. Kress qualified for the tournament as he recorded his under par in his second round in his college debut.

T.He won three straight weeks at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational (September 16-18), SEC Match Play (September 25-27) and the Ben Hogan College Eight Invitational (October 3-4). active in


head coach JC Deacon

“Thank you coach John Handlegan and the staff at Notre Dame. It was my first time attending their event and it was fantastic.The golf course condition, tournament experience and field were all exceptional. You can’t ask for more than that.

“Our Gators played great golf. We got contributions from everyone from the top to the bottom of the lineup. Shooting 21-under on that golf course is strong. I’m proud of them.” I am happy to see all the smiling faces.”

“I couldn’t be happier Quentin DeboveHe really carried us this week with his best grades in college. He should be pretty tough in the lineup if he makes top 5 out of 5.

“We still have a lot of work to do. We made too many double bogeys today, but thankfully we shot up to make it. A great start to the year and a valuable experience for us to build on. I have no doubt that it is.”

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